In Response

Michael Peach

If, as seems likely,
In Israel and America
Pluralistic democracy
Will be trumped
By autocratic theocracy,
The West Bank
Shall be annexed,
A Third Temple built
And Messianic expectation

In response
Jewish and Christian dissidents
Would acknowledge Jesus
Not as “Messiah ben Yosef”
Who’ll return as “ben David”
Or Apocalyptic “Son of Man”
With the “End of Days”,
But as an enlightened,
Empathic prophet,
Who lived and died
For justice, equality and love.

Only then could freedom
And democracy
Be restored.

27 June 2022

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